“This is the first time in more than a decade that a solar eclipse of this magnitude will be visible in the U.S.,” said Lisa Osborne, a Los Angeles-based radio newscaster and founder of Traffic411. “A lot of Americans will be hitting the road this weekend to drive to prime viewing areas where they can see the ‘ring of fire’ in the sky.”
Southern Utah, a two hour drive from Las Vegas, NV, is one of those prime viewing areas. Interstate 15 is expected to be crowded with drivers heading north on the freeway Sunday to view the eclipse, which will be at its peak at 7:30pm PT. Osborne suggests leaving Las Vegas before noon on Sunday to avoid getting stuck in slow moving traffic.
San Francisco resident George T. Bundy is planning to attend an eclipse viewing party in St. George, Utah. Bundy and friends will make the drive from Vegas on Sunday.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually be right in the path of the eclipse,” said Bundy. “I have my camera and video camera ready to go,” he added.
Zion National Park and other state parks in the eclipse’s path are also expecting a lot of visitors this weekend.
For further details about traveling to prime viewing areas for the annular solar eclipse, including links to real time freeway conditions in Nevada and Southern Utah, and solar eclipse viewing safety tips, click on the “Eclipse Chasers Follow the Sun” story on Traffic411.com (direct link: http://traffic411.com/?